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Producer David Attenborough, ‘Afropop’ Earn Peabody Award Honors

Producer David Attenborough, ‘Afropop’ Earn Peabody Award Honors
Producer David Attenborough and the public radio program “Afropop Worldwide” will receive special Peabody Award commendations next month at the 74th annual ceremony.

Attenborough was chosen for the Peabody’s Individual life achievement honor for his six decades as a prolific producer of natural-history programs for the BBC and others. The British hyphenate is considered “a national treasure” in his native country, the Peabody org noted. “Everywhere his work has been televised, he’s considered a credit to his species,” the Peabody org said.

Attenborough previously earned Peabody kudos for his 1995 documentary “The Private Life of Plants” and for 1999’s “The Life of Birds.”

“Afropop Worldwide” will receive the Institutional award. The weekly music series has aired for 26 seasons and counting, distributed in the U.S. by Public Radio International. Host Georges Collinet examines the musical cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and the Middle East. The series is
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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies and Shows on February 1, 2015

Netflix is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows in February -- but don't panic! As we previously reported, several BBC series including "Doctor Who" and the original British "The Office" that were once set to leave Netflix on Feb. 1 are staying put. However, several other BBC titles will be disappearing Feb 1. According to Variety, bid a sad toodle-doo to "Fawlty Towers," "Blackadder" and "Mi:5." (Don't worry, "Sherlock" isn't due to expire anytime soon.)

As for movies, the clock is ticking on "Zodiac," "Batman Returns," "Apocalypse Now," and "Mad Max," which will also be pulled in the monthly purge.

Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers):

Netflix Titles Expiring February 1, 2015

"A Bit Of Fry And Laurie" (1987-1995)

"Airheads" (1994)

"Allosaurus: Walking With Dinosaurs Special" (2001)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State" (2005)

"Batman Returns" (1989)

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Review: Chimpanzee, From Disney and BBC's Natural History Unit

Unless you've been living under one of the rocks that they photograph so beautifully, you'll know that the BBC's nature photography unit has been at the forefront of capturing some of the most stunning images of our planet and its inhabitants for decades now. Usually narrated by the stalwart, infectiously curious David Attenborough, series such as Planet Earth, The Life of Birds / Plants / Undergrowth etc. are extraordinary testaments to the patience and tenacity of photographers bringing viewers a world that they quite simply would never have a chance to explore. Of late, the BBC has partnered quite successfully with Disney, crafting a series of 90 minute features drawn from the larger documentary projects. Disney's "Nature" brand gets a real life, sometimes juniorized...
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'Life' is Safe in Oprah's Hands

The BBC nature series Planet Earth has probably done as much as any spectacular Hollywood blockbuster to win people over to Blu-ray. Now Warner Home Video is hoping to repeat that show's success with the release of the BBC's latest epic natural history series, Life.

Not to be confused with the short-lived NBC procedural of the same name, Life is an 11-part series that looks at how organisms have adapted to an extraordinary range of situations. If you have seen Planet Earth or one of the British network's other renowned natural history series, such as The Blue Planet, Life in the Freezer or The Life of Birds, you  know what to expect. Stunning visual images ranging from startling landscapes to intimate moments in the lives of the tiniest bugs. For the most part Life renders this in spectacular detail and color on Blu-ray. Some of the underwater scenes, in particular,
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David Attenborough: A Life On Air | Unreported World | We Are Family | Comedy Showcase | Watch this

David Attenborough: A Life On Air | Unreported World | We Are Family | Comedy Showcase | Watch this
David Attenborough: A Life On Air | Unreported World | We Are Family | Comedy Showcase

David Attenborough: A Life On Air

7pm, Eden

In this repeat, national institution Attenborough – the closest the BBC has to a living saint – looks back at his 50 years in broadcasting. Talking to another national treasure, Michael Palin, Attenborough reveals how he was turned down by BBC radio, only to go on to land a job with the fledgling TV service. Though he rose to become the director of programmes, he's best known for fronting classic wildlife series such as Life On Earth and The Blue Planet. Also showing are examples from his oeuvre including The Life of Birds and Planet Earth, looking at wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Unreported World

7.30pm, Channel 4

For a long while, "Haredi" or ultra-Orthodox Jews have kept themselves to themselves within Israel. However, as their number is increasing with each generation,
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